A view of UNTV Studio Technicians as Secretary-General António Guterres (on screens) holds a virtual press briefing on the ongoing global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
A view of UNTV Studio Technicians as Secretary-General António Guterres (on screens) holds a virtual press briefing on the ongoing global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Photo:UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Television continues to be the single largest source of video consumption. Though screen sizes have changed, and people create, post, stream and consume content on different platforms, the number of households with television sets around the world continues to rise. The interaction between emerging and traditional forms of broadcast creates a great opportunity to raise awareness about the important issues facing our communities and our planet.

UN Multimedia Products and Services

The United Nations provides a suite of multimedia products and services covering the work of the United Nations both at Headquarters and around the world, to reach audiences and support the work of the international news media.

UN Video — News, Social, and Broadcast

UN Videos are produced for news and social platforms, as well as for broadcast partners in the six official languages of the UN (French, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian), as well as Hindi, Kiswahili, and Portuguese. 

UNifeed — Breaking News Footage

Footage of breaking news and events in field missions and UN agencies are shared with partners in raw news packages by UNifeed, which enables news providers to cover important global issues by offering timely broadcast-quality video from throughout the UN system. Stories come from the global network of UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes, peacekeeping operations and UN Headquarters. New stories are posted on the UNifeed website as soon as they become available.

UN Video producers report from locations around the globe — from peacekeeping missions, such as Mali and South Sudan, throughout the UN’s vast network of operations worldwide. Highlights include a Virtual Reality film featuring young climate activists in the Pacific on the frontlines of climate crisis; a story about victims of terrorism in Cameroon and Nigeria; and an Oscar-winning short documentary on people with disabilities.

UN in Action & Social Media

Check out the series UN in Action, and UN Video's social media and special events products, such as this trailer to the UN General Assembly’s 74th session.

UN AV Library

The UN Audio-Visual Library has a treasure trove of archival video and audio, marking iconic and historic moments from the last 70 years.

Background

In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day (through resolution 51/205 of 17 December 1996).

World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.

On 21 and 22 November 1996 the United Nations held the first World Television Forum, where leading media figures met under the auspices of the United Nations to discuss the growing significance of television in today's changing world and to consider how they might enhance their mutual cooperation. That is why the General Assembly decided to proclaim 21 November as World Television Day.

This was done in recognition of the increasing impact television has on the process of decision-making. Television was thus acknowledged as a major tool in informing, channelling and affecting public opinion. Its impact and presence and its influence on world politics could not be denied.

What Is TV Anymore?

The invention of television changed our media landscape forever. But in today’s hyper connected world, what is TV anymore? Is television still television, on a portable screen?

Check out UN WebTV and UNTV

First Steps — Oscar-winning short documentary on people with disabilities

In this film, one disabled child learns to walk. First he moves, then stands, and finally takes his first steps. Modern techniques of physiotherapy and the need to develop the whole child, emotions and mind as well as body are stressed. Skilled adult workers offer not only massage and therapy but also love and understanding.

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75 Years of the United Nations

As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary UNTV highlights the iconic moments of our enduring commitment to peace, development and security.

Geometric illustration with the Secretariat building at UNHQ, New York.

International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.